Fashion house Michael Kors announced Tuesday it had agreed to buy Italian luxury giant Versace, signalling an intention to move deeper into the international big league after snapping up shoemaker to the stars Jimmy Choo last year.
Michael Kors, an iconic label rooted in American and New York fashion but headquartered in London, will pay 1.83 billion euros ($2.1 billion) for Versace, a statement said. “We are excited to have Versace as part of our family of luxury brands, and we are committed to investing in its growth,” said Michael Kors chief executive John Idol. “With the full resources of our group, we believe that Versace will grow to over $2.0 billion in revenues,” he added. “We believe that the strength of the Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo brands, and the acquisition of Versace, position us to deliver multiple years of revenue and earnings growth.” Idol said that Donatella Versace, artistic director and vice president of the Italian group, would stay on to lead the label’s creative vision, saying her “iconic style” was “at the heart of the design aesthetic of Versace”. Donatella said the takeover was “essential to Versace’s long-term success”. She added in the statement: “We are all very excited to join a group led by John Idol, whom I have always admired as a visionary as well as a strong and passionate leader.” #elixirng #versace #michaelkors #unitedstates #london #donatellaversace